Press release from CBS News, Nov. 16, 2016:
Alex Wagner has been named a CBS News correspondent and co-host of CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY. Wagner will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
Wagner will begin the new assignment alongside co-host Anthony Mason on the Nov. 19 broadcast of CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY. The weekly broadcast features an eclectic mix of breaking news and information, interviews with newsmakers, performances by top musical acts in a variety of genres and interviews with award-winning chefs.
A journalist with more than a decade of experience, Wagner brings to CBS News her background as a reporter, editor, analyst and the host of a daily news program. Wagner has covered breaking news, domestic affairs, politics, technology and cultural trends.
Wagner joins CBS News from The Atlantic, where she was a senior editor reporting on politics, culture and social trends, and where she will remain as a contributing editor, writing for the magazine and TheAtlantic.com, and moderating live events.
She has also served as a guest correspondent on “The Circus: The Greatest Political Show on Earth,” which is presented on Showtime, a division of CBS.
Previously, she was the host of the Emmy-nominated “NOW with Alex Wagner,” a daily news program on MSNBC. She joined MSNBC in 2010 as an analyst and frequent guest on the cable network’s programs.
“I’ve been a diehard CBS viewer since birth—literally. I couldn’t be more honored or more excited to join the CBS family,” said Wagner. “I’m greatly looking forward to covering stories from every corner of the news universe, and can’t wait to get started on Saturday.”
“Throughout her career, Alex has demonstrated a gift for communicating challenging topics in ways that readers and television viewers appreciate,” said Ryan Kadro, executive producer of CBS THIS MORNING and CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY. “She is a gifted journalist who brings an energy and passion to her work. She will thrive on this program where we cover everything from breaking news to the latest societal and cultural trends.”
Earlier, Wagner was a reporter with the Huffington Post, where she covered innovation and the American economy. She also served as the White House correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily, covering issues ranging from the BP oil spill to the Egyptian revolution.
Wagner was the executive director of Not on Our Watch, a grant-making and advocacy non-profit created to stop mass atrocities. As part of Not on Our Watch, she traveled to hotspots in Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Before that, she spent four years as the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Fader magazine, covering music and culture around the world.
Wagner attended Brown University and lives in New York City.